Van Oord to provide foundations and array cables for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm

WCN Editorial Team 11 Dec 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

RWE has selected Van Oord as the preferred supplier for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the monopile foundations and array cables for the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.

Located on Dogger Bank in the central North Sea, 195km from the North East coast, the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm has a capacity of 1.4GW.

Van Oord with the help of its UK branch MPI Offshore will establish a logistics hub at the site to deliver the comprehensive scope of work.

Aeolus, Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel, will install the 100 extended monopile foundations without transition pieces. Cable-laying vessel Nexus will install the 350km of array cables. Van Oord will sub-contract the production of the foundations and array cables.

RWE Wind Offshore Global Chief Operating Officer Sven Utermöhlen said: “On Dogger Bank, we are realising one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms. Van Oord is a well-known partner to us, with Sofia the fifth and largest UK offshore wind farm that we have worked on together.

“This gives us a wealth of experience to draw on as we progress the project through its construction phase. Sofia is a flagship for RWE Renewables in terms of technology and innovation, and for the UK through regional supply chain opportunities and as a major contributor to the nation’s net zero ambitions.”

Van Oord had previously worked with RWE on the construction of the Rampion, Humber Gateway, Robin Rigg and London Array offshore wind farms.

Onshore construction of the project will get underway at Sofia’s converter station site in Teesside early in 2021.

Following the project’s financial investment decision in Q1 2021, work on the foundation and array package will commence. The installation of the project is scheduled for 2024.

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Van Oord to provide foundations and array cables for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm. (Credit: VanOord)

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